Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Rick Warren's Sham AIDS Work

Rick Warren's supporters have pointed to his supposedly battling AIDS in Africa as one way he is different from other evangelicals. But Max Blumental reveals the antigay, abstinence-only, ineffective and even dangerous programs Warran promoted. I'll be having Max on the show this week to talk about it:

However, an investigation into Warren’s involvement in Africa reveals a web of alliances with right-wing clergymen who have sidelined science-based approaches to combating AIDS in favor of abstinence-only education. More disturbingly, Warren’s allies have rolled back key elements of one of the continent’s most successful initiative, the so-called ABC program in Uganda. Stephen Lewis, the United Nations’ special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, told the New York Times their activism is “resulting in great damage and undoubtedly will cause significant numbers of infections which should never have occurred.”